Period pain, also known as dysmenorrhoea, affects between 45-97% of women at some time in their life. It’s usually worse in late-teens and 20s, but can last until the menopause. The pain is usually experienced as cramps and a dull ache in the tummy and low back, and the general medical approach to treating period pain is to prescribe NSAIDs (e.g. ibuprofen, nurofen), paracetamol, or the contraceptive pill. Other things that can help are heat, exercise and a balanced diet.
Having suffered with severe period pain since I was 14 years old, I have at some point tried all of the above. I changed my lifestyle to include more exercise, I have an active job and I eat a well-balanced primal-style diet. Until recently, I was still suffering with severe period pain. Then, I discovered a simple technique using kinesiotape which claimed to dramatically reduce period pain. I had some tape in my clinic, as I use it for rehabilitation for my clients, so I cut a few pieces off and followed the instructions in the video below. IT WORKED!
I usually get through a box of ibuprofen over the space of 2 days, and last month I only took 4 tablets because the tape did the rest. Truthfully, I couldn’t believe it. I thought maybe it was just a fluke, so I asked the other women at work if they’d like to try. One of my colleagues has endometriosis and really suffers with pain, but she was able to drastically reduce the dosage of her painkillers.
In my 15-year search for a solution to period pain, this simple taping technique is one of the most effective I’ve found. It is relatively cheap (around £15-£20 for a roll of 20 strips of tape, which would last 8 months), hypo-allergenic and non-toxic. If you get good-quality tape, it will be waterproof and you can leave it on for 3-4 days. I recommend KT Tape, it’s the tape I use for athletes in my clinic and it’s what I’ve used on myself for period pain. You can buy it on Amazon by clicking on this affiliate link: KT TAPE PRO, Pre-cut, 20 Strip, Synthetic, Red
Try it out, I’d love to hear if it works for you. If you have any questions, just post them in the comments below.